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2016 Forecast: Top 12 Great-Paying Freelance Writing Gigs

Great Paying Freelance Writing Gigs for 2016. Makealivingwriting.com

If you think there are no great-paying freelance writing gigs out there anymore and it’s all $5 blog posts, I’m here to spread some sunshine.

I have the advantage of chatting with hundreds of freelance writers on a regular basis in Freelance Writers Den. That’s allowed me to get a strong sense of what the trends are, and where writers are finding opportunities.

I’m hearing more and more reports of rising rates in some specific writing niches, and of growing demand for some emerging assignments.

If you’re hoping to up your game and find great-paying freelance writing gigs this year, check out my list of a dozen top niches.

All of these niches have two things in common, so let me call out those two key items first:

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Stay Focused: 7 Best Productivity Apps for Freelance Writers

7 Best Apps for Freelance Writers -- Makealivingwriting.comAs a freelance writer, my livelihood relies solely on my ability to keep a clear head and stay on task.

But each day is the same: I sit down to work – and I’m bombarded with distractions.

The dog needs to go out. I need a snack. Oh, I have to listen to Dave Ramsey’s new podcast right this minute. The dog needs to go out again. Kim Kardashian just had a baby named what? Gee whiz, dog, will you just do your thing already? And the list goes on.

Sound familiar?

“Just one more site,” I tell myself. “One more page won’t hurt.”

But the truth is, it does hurt.

My time is valuable. Spending precious hours on unnecessary tasks is simply not good for my business.

In an effort to retrain myself to concentrate, I set out to find some of the best productivity apps for freelance writers to help me cut back on wasted time and get that high-value work done.

Here’s my list of the best productivity apps — plus tips on similar apps to try, if you don’t happen to like my favorite:

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Why Your Writing Journey Matters

Why Your Writing Journey Matters. Makealivingwriting.comThis post originally ran in late 2010, but I find myself thinking about my own writing journey this year, as I’ve spent the past week attending memorial services and comforting mourners. After a year full of so much tragedy, I think it’s worth another read as we move into this New Year. I hope you’ll agree.

Recently, my teenage son gave me a great insight into my freelance writing career. He plays the online multiplayer game Minecraft, in which players build vast structures while battling the occasional zombie at night.

“How do you win the game?” I asked him.

He rolled his eyes, the way only teens can.

“There is no winning the game, mom,” he said. “It’s about the experience. It’s all about the journey.”

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Create Your Ultimate 2016 Freelance Success Plan (For Newbies and Pros)

Your Ultimate Freelance Marketing Plan 2016 - Makealivingwriting.comAre you ready to earn a heck of a lot more from your writing in 2016? Good!

You might think it would be impossible for me to write a single post that tells every freelance writer out there how to find better clients and get paid more in the coming year…but that’s exactly what I’ve got for you.

How can I do that, when some writers are brand new and others have been at this game for years? When some write for magazines and others for businesses? Well, I can do it because there are basically only three types of freelancers:

  1. Aspiring freelancers who want to quit day jobs, but haven’t taken the plunge yet.
  2. Freelancers who don’t have any good clients yet — they’re writing for $5 a blog post or $20 an article…that sort of travesty.
  3. Freelancers who have some good clients, but need/want more or better-paying clients.

There is an approach to creating a freelance success plan that will work optimally for each of these types. Because ultimately, marketing isn’t that hard to figure out (though many writers whine constantly about how difficult marketing is, in lieu of actually *doing* marketing).

Let’s solve this today! Here we go:

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Readers’ 2015 Picks: Most Useful Posts for Freelance Writers & Bloggers

Top 10 Most Useful Posts for Freelance Writers & Bloggers - Makealivingwriting.comNeed a shot of freelance writing knowledge to start the New Year off right? I’ve got it for you right here — our annual list of the most popular new posts that went up this year here on Make a Living Writing!

That’s right, many of the all-time most populars you see over in the sidebar from past years are out of the running for this fresh list.

Winners here must have been published for the first time in 2015.

You, my awesome blog readers, voted for these by coming and reading them.

The posts that got the most traffic clearly had the most compelling topics, and are ranked below in order of the views they got.

These are your choices for what you thought were the most helpful posts this blog put out in the past year for freelance writers and bloggers. A big thank-you to you for being a reader!

Without further ado, here are your picks for 2015’s top 10 best posts:

  1. Websites That Pay Writers 2015: These 79 Websites Offer $50 and Up by Jennifer Roland — This one’s coming up on 30,000 readers to date! And reminds me that the top thing I can do around here to make myself useful is provide job leads. Which is why we’re laying plans to present market lists more often in 2016.
  2. Writing an Article Vs. Writing a Blog Post: What’s the Difference? by Carol Tice — The raging debate over what makes an article different from a blog post, and how to charge for each as these two forms increasingly converge, made this a lively topic.
  3. Think You Can’t Earn $100 an Hour on UpWork? This Writer Does by Megan Williams — While I spend most of my time warning people away from sites like this, clearly, success tips for profiting from the bid sites are appreciated.

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Try These Absurd Methods for Overcoming Writer’s Block (That Actually Work)

Overcome Writer’s Block - Makealivingwriting.comHaving writer’s block is one of the most terrifying feelings for a creative person — especially when you have a deadline. There’s plenty of advice out there, but what if the normal ideas don’t work to get you writing again?

Well, that’s the part where you go off the reservation and try some of the more, shall we say, unorthodox methods. Today I’m going to show you 10 absurd strategies.

Keep in mind as I write this that I am of sound mind and body. I’ve used these techniques, and they keep me full of awesome blog ideas. Some of these may sound crazy, but they work, I promise!

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